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Alexandre Storelli

Hi there, welcome to my homepage! I'm an entrepreneur who builds software and AI in Lyon, France.

I am fond of meaningful discussions and controversial ideas: cryptocurrencies, adblocking, basic income… Even if I breed a passion in technology, I think it should respect and serve our human nature. Therefore, I am in favor of ethical design and wary of transhumanism.

I love meeting and talking to people. I enjoy publishing on Diaspora*, I have a minimal usage of LinkedIn and you won't find me on Facebook.

I will read the messages you send at alexandre ((@)) storelli.fr.

My recent interest for business does not preclude my background in physics and engineering: the curious can read my CV, available in English and French. Software developers can visit my Github profile.

I wish you an exciting reading of the following publications.


16 March 2019

Design concepts for Formula 1

Design concepts for Formula 1

Formula 1 cars are fast. That is taken as read. But exactly how fast they are is perhaps not something people dwell on too often. (...) The manipulation of air around a car is the single biggest performance differentiator in F1 - and collectively the teams employ hundreds of p...


15 March 2019

« La fragmentation de la société française est sans précédent » (Jérôme Fourquet)

« La fragmentation de la société française est sans précédent » (Jérôme Fourquet)

(...) Quand on regarde historiquement, le catholicisme et le communisme avaient en commun d'offrir une transcendance, un horizon positif qui vaut la peine de lutter, de se sacrifier pour lui. Dans une société de consommation et d'individualisme, on touche du doigt le déficit d...


20 February 2019

Reconnaissance faciale : un recours pour faire barrage à la surveillance biométrique (La Quadrature)

Reconnaissance faciale : un recours pour faire barrage à la surveillance biométrique (La Quadrature)

Quatre organisations – La Quadrature du Net, la Ligue des droits de l’Homme, CGT Educ’Action des Alpes-Maritimes et la Fédération des Conseils de Parents d’Élèves des écoles publiques des Alpes-Maritimes – viennent de déposer un recours devant le tribunal administratif de Mars...


19 February 2019

Aladdin's wishes (Existential Comics)

Aladdin's wishes (Existential Comics)

Where Aladdin has more wishes remaining at the end of the story. http://static.existentialcomics.com/comics/aladdin1.png http://static.existentialcomics.com/comics/aladdin2.png My fan theory is actually that the genie was intentionally not granting Aladdin wishes, in order to ...


13 February 2019

Why can’t a bot tick the "I'm not a robot" box? (Quora)

Why can’t a bot tick the "I'm not a robot" box? (Quora)

How complicated can one little checkbox be? I mean it’s just OH MY GOD YOU CAN’T EVEN IMAGINE. For starters, Google invented an entire virtual machine – essentially a simulated computer inside a computer – just to run that checkbox. That virtual machine uses their own language...


07 February 2019

La solitude, une "coupure du monde nécessaire pour pouvoir penser et entrer en dialogue avec soi-même"

La solitude, une "coupure du monde nécessaire pour pouvoir penser et entrer en dialogue avec soi-même"

Alors que l’entreprise fête ses 15 ans, Thomas Schauder, professeur de philosophie, s’interroge sur l’immense pouvoir de Facebook sur nos vies : amitiés, loisirs, consommation, opinions… La créature, écrit-il, a dépassé son créateur. (...) Les réseaux sociaux en général alimen...


04 February 2019

Engineering Management: The Pendulum Or The Ladder (Charity Majors)

Engineering Management: The Pendulum Or The Ladder (Charity Majors)

Last night I was out with a dear friend who has been an engineering manager for a year now, and by two drinks in I was rattling off a long list things I always say to newer engineering managers. Then I remembered: I should write a post! It’s one of my goals this year to write ...


25 January 2019

BuyMeOnce: La boutique aux produits inusables

BuyMeOnce: La boutique aux produits inusables

Une anglaise a créé un site qui propose à ses clients d’acheter des produits faits pour durer toute la vie Il existe désormais une boutique en ligne du nom de BuyMeOnce où l’on peut trouver des milliers de produits différents conçus pour durer toute la vie. Une anglaise qu...


25 January 2019

Dilbert and his self-driving car

Dilbert and his self-driving car

Car: I find it offensive when you call me a self-driving car. Car: That's my slave name. I prefer to go by the name Carl. Dilbert: Shut up and drive me to work. Car: Said the self-walking human. https://assets.amuniversal.com/59317a50f4ce01367684005056a9545d #comics #dilbert #ai


07 January 2019

Les désastres écologiques de la "mode rapide"

Les désastres écologiques de la "mode rapide"

Alors que les soldes commencent le 9 janvier, des voix s’élèvent pour dénoncer les pollutions et gaspillages de la filière textile. Son impact sur le climat est plus important que celui des vols internationaux et du trafic maritime réunis. Les chiffres donnent le tournis. Et d...


29 December 2018

Why Proof of Stake (PoS), an alternative to the energy-wasting Proof of Work (PoW), is not currently able to secure blockchain cryptocurrencies.

Why Proof of Stake (PoS), an alternative to the energy-wasting Proof of Work (PoW), is not currently able to secure blockchain cryptocurrencies.

A topic not emphasized enough with PoS protocols is their lack of resilience in dealing with worst-case scenarios. (...) Thinking about worst case scenarios is an absolute must when dealing with critical systems, and even more important when these systems are on the global sca...


28 December 2018

Très humain plutôt que transhumain ? (Alain Damasio, 2014)

Très humain plutôt que transhumain ? (Alain Damasio, 2014)

La technologie nous donne un pouvoir accru sur le monde. Mais ne serions-nous pas en train de perdre quelque chose de très personnel, de très précieux ? La puissance. La puissance de vivre, d’agir par nous-mêmes, avec nos propres forces, notre puissance d’habiter le monde avec...


28 December 2018

Lottery-Like Prizes Coax Savings. What’s the Risk in Expanding Them?

Lottery-Like Prizes Coax Savings. What’s the Risk in Expanding Them?

Popular though they may be, lotteries, with their billion-dollar jackpots, come uncomfortably close to being taxes on those who can least afford them. Millions of lower-income people funnel a disproportionately large amount of their paychecks into lottery tickets despite prohi...


28 December 2018

Using chatbots against voicespam: analyzing Lenny’s effectiveness (2017)

Using chatbots against voicespam: analyzing Lenny’s effectiveness (2017)

Lenny is a bot which plays a set of pre-recorded voice messages to interact with spammers. You might be surprised just how simple Lenny actually is (though a lot of thought has gone into what he says), yet he’s proven to be very effective at keeping spammers talking for a long...


28 December 2018

Lessons in negotiation from Stalin at Yalta (Abe Winter)

Lessons in negotiation from Stalin at Yalta (Abe Winter)

(...) Stalin was a bad dude but Roosevelt arrived with an open mind; the American-British relationship was strained by lend-lease, the tremendous cost of the war to both parties, and each leader’s belief that the other wasn’t pulling his weight. Churchill, an old hand at spott...


12 December 2018

Tu seras poli avec ta Google Home (Gaspard Koenig)

Tu seras poli avec ta Google Home (Gaspard Koenig)

Google Home, l'assistant personnel de Google avec qui l'on peut engager des rudiments de conversation, vient d'introduire la fonction « Pretty Please » qui récompense la politesse à son égard, suivant l'exemple d'Amazon avec Alexa . Les adultes se verront ainsi répondre sur le...


09 December 2018

Why Is It Hard to Make Friends Over 30? (2012)

Why Is It Hard to Make Friends Over 30? (2012)

(...) In studies of peer groups, [a psychology professor] observed that people tended to interact with fewer people as they moved toward midlife, but that they grew closer to the friends they already had. Basically, she suggests, this is because people have an internal alarm c...


02 December 2018

Qui décide de la couleur de l'année ?

Qui décide de la couleur de l'année ?

Si soudain les magasins de vêtements et de décoration, les publicités de voitures et les nouveaux immeubles se parent des mêmes tons, c'est par la grâce d'Intercolor. Une sorte d'ONU de la tendance qui anticipe les nuances à la mode. Une chromatographie. Lissez les couleurs. Q...


26 November 2018

« Devant la Loi » : le judaïsme subversif de Franz Kafka (Mickaël Lowy, 2002)

« Devant la Loi » : le judaïsme subversif de Franz Kafka (Mickaël Lowy, 2002)

La parabole « Vor dem Gesetz » (Devant la Loi) est un des textes les plus célèbres de Kafka et l’un des rares qu’il ait publiés de son vivant. Ce passage du roman inachevé Le procès était aussi un de ses écrits préférés, qu’il aimait lire à ses amis et sa fiancée Felice. Dans ...


23 November 2018

Why It’s OK to Block Ads (James Williams, 2015)

Why It’s OK to Block Ads (James Williams, 2015)

(...) Arguments against ad blocking tend to focus on the potential economic harms. Because advertising is the dominant business model on the internet, if everyone used ad-blocking software then wouldn’t it all collapse? If you don’t see (or, in some cases, click on) ads, aren’...


23 November 2018

Universal Quantum Phenomenon Found in Strange Metals

Universal Quantum Phenomenon Found in Strange Metals

Experiments suggest that exotic superconducting materials share a “strange metal” state characterized by a quantum speed limit that somehow acts as a fundamental organizing principle. (...) The hypothesis is that electrons in strange metals might be “dissipating as quickly as ...


07 November 2018

Ads just work. No matter what you think

Ads just work. No matter what you think

We’re surrounded by advertising. Every single day, no matter where we are, thousands of auditive & visual stimuli are force-fed to our brains. https://hackernoon.com/nobody-is-immune-to-ads-7142a4245c2c https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=18399633 #advertising #hackernoon #hn...


30 September 2018

The Riemann Hypothesis, explained (Jørgen Veisdal, 2016)

The Riemann Hypothesis, explained (Jørgen Veisdal, 2016)

Present an argument or formula which (even barely) predicts what the next prime number will be (in any given sequence of numbers), and your name will be forever linked to one of the greatest achievements of the human mind, akin to Newton, Einstein and Gödel. (...) https://medi...


16 September 2018

Why small water drops move on hot pans: Leidenfrost wheels explained

Why small water drops move on hot pans: Leidenfrost wheels explained

As reported in 1756 by Johann Gottlob Leidenfrost, volatile liquids on hot solids form “gleaming drops resembling quicksilver”, a consequence of their levitation on a vapour cushion. This makes the drops spectacularly mobile, moving away as soon as they are deposited—an observ...


09 September 2018

How a Kalman filter works, in pictures

How a Kalman filter works, in pictures

Surprisingly few software engineers and scientists seem to know about it, [even if] it is such a general and powerful tool for combining information in the presence of uncertainty. (...) You can use a Kalman filter in any place where you have uncertain information about some d...


08 September 2018

Elinor Ostrom: Fighting the Tragedy of the Commons

Elinor Ostrom: Fighting the Tragedy of the Commons

Among the recipients of the 2009 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics was Elinor Ostrom, for her analysis of economic governance, especially in relation to the commons. While this choice took many in the profession by surprise, her life-long quest for an understanding of successf...


06 September 2018

The open source model can play an important role in innovation, but know its limitations.

The open source model can play an important role in innovation, but know its limitations.

Ten years ago, on May 22, 1997, a little-known software programmer from Pennsylvania named Eric Raymond presented a paper at a technology conference in Würzburg, Germany. Titled “The Cathedral and the Bazaar,” the paper caused an immediate stir, and its renown has only grown i...


28 August 2018

How Open-Source licenses apply to NPM dependencies and Full-Stack JavaScript development (2017)

How Open-Source licenses apply to NPM dependencies and Full-Stack JavaScript development (2017)

Before I was not concerned about license of npm package. I could check the license of immediate dependency but never checking 3rd party (transitional) dependencies. And then I met guys from legal department. I now believe that developers should have a basic understanding of so...


28 August 2018

Physics beyond the Standard Model

Physics beyond the Standard Model

Recent CERN experiments have once again validated a prediction of the standard model. This is embarrassing for scientists, as they are looking for experimental clues of limits of the standard model. Standard model is known not to explain everything. More about these alternati...


23 August 2018

Dilbert: treadmills and cubicles

Dilbert: treadmills and cubicles

http://assets.amuniversal.com/b9743d90613e01364153005056a9545d http://dilbert.com/strip/2018-08-12 #comics


01 August 2018

Geometry and Elasticity of a Knitted Fabric (Physical Review X)

Geometry and Elasticity of a Knitted Fabric (Physical Review X)

Pulling on a knitted scarf can stretch it to twice its length, even though the thread it’s knitted from hardly elongates. Knitting is a timeworn craft, at least a thousand years old, but no satisfactory account of the mechanics of its stretchiness exists. New theoretical work ...


30 July 2018

In Which Jean-Paul Sartre Attempts to Return Some Socks (Existential Comics)

In Which Jean-Paul Sartre Attempts to Return Some Socks (Existential Comics)

http://static.existentialcomics.com/comics/sartreSocks.png http://existentialcomics.com/comic/248 #comics #philosophy #sartre


26 July 2018

Blendle: Journalism needs a Spotify, a Netflix, an iTunes — whatever you want to call it

Blendle: Journalism needs a Spotify, a Netflix, an iTunes — whatever you want to call it

Music has Spotify. Video has Netflix. But journalism still didn’t have its own dedicated platform. As a former technology journalist myself, I thought that the lack of such a platform for journalism was pretty strange. Spotify not only helps me access all music, it also makes ...


19 July 2018

1500 Archers on a 28.8: Network Programming in Age of Empires and Beyond

1500 Archers on a 28.8: Network Programming in Age of Empires and Beyond

This paper from Mark Terrano and Paul Bettner explains the design architecture, implementation, and some of the lessons learned creating the multiplayer (networking) code for the Age of Empires 1 & 2 games; and discusses the current and future networking approaches used by Ens...


18 July 2018

The Two Types of Respect Leaders Must Show

The Two Types of Respect Leaders Must Show

There is a free and abundant resource most leaders aren’t giving employees enough of: respect. The author explains the two types of workplace respect (owed and earned), how to communicate them, and what happens when you don’t foster both. https://hbr.org/ideacast/2018/07/the-2...


12 July 2018

Spin this disk - What color do you see?

Spin this disk - What color do you see?

Benham's top, also called Benham's disk, is named after the English newspaper-man, amateur scientist, and toymaker Charles Benham, who in 1895 sold a top painted with the pattern shown. When the disk is spun, arcs of pale color, called Fechner colors or pattern-induced flicker...


05 July 2018

Et si on quittait les réseaux sociaux ?

Et si on quittait les réseaux sociaux ?

Ces derniers mois beaucoup de personnes hésitent à quitter les réseaux sociaux, pour fuir les trolls, pour gagner du temps ou pour arrêter d'en perdre. Faux mouvement ou vraie réflexion, nos rapports aux réseaux sociaux évoluent. Facebook devient peu à peu un réseau de vieux,...


16 June 2018

Another World: the French touch for videogames

Another World: the French touch for videogames

The French creative aesthetic has always been a bit different from that of English-speaking nations. In their paintings, films, even furniture, the French often discard the stodgy literalism that is so characteristic of Anglo art in favor of something more attenuated, where im...


10 June 2018

Surveillance : le réseau français "intelligent" d'identification par caméras arrive

Surveillance : le réseau français "intelligent" d'identification par caméras arrive

La reconnaissance faciale "intelligente" est annoncée comme une nécessité pour le ministère de l'Intérieur. Le modèle chinois de contrôle et surveillance de la population par des caméras et des algorithmes d'identification des personnes semble inspirer le gouvernement et l'adm...


01 June 2018

Crypto-monnaies et concurrence des monnaies

Crypto-monnaies et concurrence des monnaies

Solide article de vulgarisation sur les crypto-monnaies par Étienne Perrot pour la revue Études. Ci-dessous, le dernier paragraphe qui évoque le concept de concurrence entre monnaies privées développé par l'économiste Friedrich Hayek. Tous ceux qui, sans être nécessairement a...


17 May 2018

You’d Need 76 Work Days to Read All Your Privacy Policies Each Year

You’d Need 76 Work Days to Read All Your Privacy Policies Each Year

(...) Researchers reviewed the top 75 websites on the Internet and found that the median length of their privacy policies was 2,514 words. Then they added another factor — how long it took an average person to actually understand what they were reading, which they found by giv...


02 May 2018

Lifefaker: Life isn’t perfect. Your profile should be.

Lifefaker: Life isn’t perfect. Your profile should be.

Lifefaker is the world’s first online life faking service. Instead of going through the hassle of living a perfect life, now you can just get the photos. [They] have thousands of photos of everything from toned abs to skinny flat whites. Just sign-up for one of [their] perfect...


01 May 2018

La peur de l'insignifiance (Carlo Strenger)

La peur de l'insignifiance (Carlo Strenger)

Depuis une quinzaine d’années, Carlo Strenger, philosophe et professeur de psychologie, observe un sacré phénomène lors de ses consultations : de plus en plus de patients sont très préoccupés par la crainte de vivre une vie qui n’a pas suffisamment de sens ; ce qu'il appelle «...


26 April 2018

On Ethereum blockchain sharding

On Ethereum blockchain sharding

A detailed discussion about how the ethereum community plans to reduce the load on validating nodes by asking nodes to only store a specific subset of the blockchain data (a shard), while ensuring the security of the system. In particular, it talks about the challenges of atom...


21 April 2018

Walking and bicycling are not as greenhouse gas friendly as you would think (Michael Bluejay)

Walking and bicycling are not as greenhouse gas friendly as you would think (Michael Bluejay)

Most people think that bicycling doesn’t use gas, but actually it does, indirectly. It takes lots of energy to produce the food for the cyclist’s effort — probably more than you thought. Of course, we can’t just stop eating, but we can definitely choose what we eat, and here’s...


18 April 2018

How likely it is for a nuclear war to occur? (Jorge Cham, 2017)

How likely it is for a nuclear war to occur? (Jorge Cham, 2017)

The author of PhD Comics has visited the Oak Ridge National Lab last year and has drawn a nice comic about what he learned there. It deals with the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty and how it is enforced to ensure correct/civil uses of fissile material around the globe. Nice read....


14 April 2018

Why Entrepreneurs Start Companies Rather Than Join Them (Steve Blank)

Why Entrepreneurs Start Companies Rather Than Join Them (Steve Blank)

If you asked me why I gravitated to startups rather than work in a large company I would have answered at various times: “I want to be my own boss.” “I love risk.” “I want flexible work hours.” “I want to work on tough problems that matter.” “I have a vision and want to see it...


10 April 2018

What makes a tree a tree?

What makes a tree a tree?

Despite numerous studies and 30-plus genomes under their belts, scientists are still struggling to nail down the defining traits of these tall, long-lived, woody plants. https://www.knowablemagazine.org/article/living-world/2018/what-makes-tree-tree #hn discussion https://news...


10 April 2018

Do What You Love and Starve? (Marty Nemko, 2006)

Do What You Love and Starve? (Marty Nemko, 2006)

If you are a star—very bright, talented, motivated, and personable and you have a passion, even if it’s in a competitive field, sure, go for it. This article is for everyone else. Based on the 2,700 clients I’ve worked with over the past two decades, the hundreds of callers to...


18 March 2018

Comment résister à la manipulation publicitaire

Comment résister à la manipulation publicitaire

Si vous pensiez être capable de résister à la publicité sachez que c’est presque perdu. Votre inconscient est impacté par les messages même si vous en connaissez les rouages. On discute des méthodes de résistance avec Didier Courbet spécialiste de l'influences des technologie...


18 March 2018

UX: the New French Hacker-Artist Underground (2012)

UX: the New French Hacker-Artist Underground (2012)

Thirty years ago, in the dead of night, a group of six Parisian teenagers pulled off what would prove to be a fateful theft. They met up at a small café near the Eiffel Tower to review their plans—again—before heading out into the dark. Lifting a grate from the street, they de...


15 March 2018

Ce que les travaux de Stephen Hawking ont apporté à la physique

Ce que les travaux de Stephen Hawking ont apporté à la physique

Le cosmologiste britannique a grandement contribué à mieux connaître la physique des trous noirs, des objets longtemps restés au stade de curiosité mathématique. Stephen Hawking, mort mercredi 14 mars à l’âge de 76 ans, est l’un des fondateurs de ce que l’on pourrait appeler l...


15 March 2018

What scientists found trapped in a diamond: a type of ice not known on Earth

What scientists found trapped in a diamond: a type of ice not known on Earth

Trapped in the rigid structure of diamonds formed deep in the Earth's crust, scientists have discovered a form of water ice that was not previously known to occur naturally on our planet. The finding, published Thursday in Science, represents the first detection of naturally o...


12 February 2018

En appel, le combat de Jamendo contre la redevance sur la musique en Creative Commons

En appel, le combat de Jamendo contre la redevance sur la musique en Creative Commons

Une surface commerciale doit-elle payer la rémunération équitable aux sociétés de gestion collective quand elle diffuse des musiques dites « libres » issues de la plateforme Jamendo ? Une audience s’est déroulée jeudi devant la cour d’appel de Paris. Compte rendu. Une partie d...


26 January 2018

Former White Stripes frontman bans phones at gigs for “100% human experience”

Former White Stripes frontman bans phones at gigs for “100% human experience”

Jack White has banned the use of mobile phones at upcoming live shows. The former White Stripes frontman releases new album ‘Boarding House Reach’ in March and recently announced his first UK shows in four years. White embarks on a tour of the US from April, with a statement a...


18 January 2018

Thermodynamics puzzles: 2nd law always win

Thermodynamics puzzles: 2nd law always win

The Brownian ratchet In the philosophy of thermal and statistical physics, the Brownian ratchet or Feynman-Smoluchowski ratchet is a thought experiment about an apparent perpetual motion machine first analysed in 1912 by Polish physicist Marian Smoluchowski and popularised by ...


12 January 2018

Ces nouveaux titres qui veulent réinventer les magazines

Ces nouveaux titres qui veulent réinventer les magazines

Les magazines et revues publiant des articles longs, ne collant pas à l'actualité directe, fleurissent, comme en témoigne le lancement de « Ebdo ». Ils ont peu, voire pas, de publicité. Non, le papier n'est pas mort. Ces dernières années, et encore davantage ces prochains mois...


03 January 2018

Linux on Android: Termux

Linux on Android: Termux

In the next weeks I will do some hacking with Termux on my Android phone. E.g. run nodejs server on it. Exciting! Form the project's homepage: Termux is an Android terminal emulator and Linux environment app that works directly with no rooting or setup required. A minimal bas...


29 December 2017

Must Know Tips/Tricks in Deep Neural Networks

Must Know Tips/Tricks in Deep Neural Networks

Deep Neural Networks, especially Convolutional Neural Networks (CNN), allows computational models that are composed of multiple processing layers to learn representations of data with multiple levels of abstraction. These methods have dramatically improved the state-of-the-art...


29 December 2017

Bitcoin's Lightning Network routing challenges (2016)

Bitcoin's Lightning Network routing challenges (2016)

The bitcoin community has been discussing the concept of the Lightning Network for a year now. It is often cited in scalability debates as a solution to bitcoin's limited transaction throughput capabilities. However, it's a complicated concept and several parts of the implemen...


28 November 2017

ToS;DR repart de zéro pour décortiquer les conditions d'utilisation du Net

ToS;DR repart de zéro pour décortiquer les conditions d'utilisation du Net

Cinq ans après la création de ToS;DR, comprendre les conditions d'utilisation des services en ligne reste encore très compliqué. Des développeurs ont repris de zéro la conception de la plateforme, pour résumer simplement de ces textes légaux, au cœur de nos vies numériques. Il...


24 November 2017

Bitcoin Shamir's Secret Sharing vs multisig

Bitcoin Shamir's Secret Sharing vs multisig

Despite closely following the news about Bitcoin, I learned something about it quite recently. It's about splitting the secret key in multiple pieces, so that at least several of those pieces are required to be able to spend the funds. For instance, a 3 of 5 wallet will genera...


19 November 2017

Vive la squash attitude

Vive la squash attitude

Vieillot et élitiste, le squash ? Près de 140 ans après son invention par des Anglais, ce sport de balle en salle exigeant mais convivial est encore bien vivace. Il a délaissé les centres-villes pour gagner les banlieues et se développer dans les régions. https://www.lesechos....


16 November 2017

Smart companies try to commoditize their product's complements

Smart companies try to commoditize their product's complements

If you can do this, demand for your product will increase and you will be able to charge more and make more. When IBM designed the PC architecture, they used off-the-shelf parts instead of custom parts, and they carefully documented the interfaces between the parts in the (rev...


12 November 2017

Architecture fails: McMansion Hell

Architecture fails: McMansion Hell

McMansionHell is a bi-weekly blog that aims to educate the masses about architectural concepts, urban planning, environmentalism and history by making examples out of the places we love to hate the most: the suburbs. By alternating comedy-oriented takedowns of individual hous...


07 November 2017

Photo au sol d'un paysage à 443km

Photo au sol d'un paysage à 443km

Photo du pic Gaspard dans les Alpes, prise depuis le pic de Finestrelles dans les Pyrénées, à 443km. À cette distance, la courbure de la Terre bloque la vision en ligne droite. Il faut compter sur la réfraction de la lumière dans l'atmosphère pour discerner le massif distant. ...


05 November 2017

Wadsworth Constant: the first 30% of videos can be safely skipped

Wadsworth Constant: the first 30% of videos can be safely skipped

The Wadsworth Constant is an axiom which states that the first 30% of any video can be skipped because it contains no worthwhile or interesting information. For EVERY youtube video, I always open the video and then immediately punch the slider bar to about 30 percent. For exa...


01 November 2017

Political correctness in the US has silenced discussions society needs to have

Political correctness in the US has silenced discussions society needs to have

The Cato 2017 Free Speech and Tolerance Survey, a new national poll of 2,300 U.S. adults, finds that 71% Americans believe that political correctness has silenced important discussions our society needs to have. The consequences are personal—58% of Americans believe the politi...


17 October 2017

Adidas vend ses nouvelles chaussures sans magasin ni site Web

Adidas vend ses nouvelles chaussures sans magasin ni site Web

Seuls les possesseurs d’un code récupéré auprès d’une communauté d’« influenceurs » pourront se procurer les chaussures de football Glitch, personnalisables selon les besoins. Adidas Glitch C'est une chaussure de football d'Adidas qui ne sera vendue... dans aucun magasin, ni s...


14 October 2017

Bitcoin roller coaster

Bitcoin roller coaster

Bitcoin roller coaster https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/76c8v2/we_made_a_bitcoin_roller_coaster_mover_prototype/ #reddit #bitcoin #diy #3dprinting #raspberry


12 October 2017

If You Drive Down a Stretch of Route 66, the Road Will Play “America the Beautiful”

If you find yourself in New Mexico, traveling down a stretch of Route 66, you can drive over a quarter mile-long rumble strip and your car's tires will play "America the Beautiful." That's assuming you're driving at the speed limit, 45 miles per hour. http://www.openculture.c...


11 October 2017

Spotify’s Discover Weekly: How machine learning finds your new music

Spotify’s Discover Weekly: How machine learning finds your new music

(...) Back in the 2000s, Songza kicked off the online music curation scene using manual curation to create playlists for users. “Manual curation” meant that some team of “music experts” or other curators would put together playlists by hand that they thought sounded good, and ...


30 September 2017

The zero-watt CPU may never exist: Landauer's principle

Landauer's principle is a physical principle pertaining to the lower theoretical limit of energy consumption of computation. It holds that "any logically irreversible manipulation of information, such as the erasure of a bit or the merging of two computation paths, must be acc...


30 September 2017

How Brendan Eich plans to flip the online ad model and fix the web

Brendan Eich knows how the web works — and how to fix it. The inventor of JavaScript while at Netscape is now occupied with growing a new browser, Brave, which promises to be far faster than entrenched leaders like Google Chrome. The trick: Brave blocks data-hogging ads and fl...


29 September 2017

Laputa / Château dans le Ciel — Miniature Calendar

Laputa / Château dans le Ciel — Miniature Calendar

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28 September 2017

A spying bug that passively transmits your voice.

A spying bug that passively transmits your voice.

The Thing, also known as the Great Seal bug, was one of the first covert listening devices (or "bugs") to use passive techniques to transmit an audio signal. It was concealed inside a gift given by the Soviet Union to W. Averell Harriman, the United States Ambassador to the So...


24 September 2017

Tous victimes des pirates de l’attention

Vous « scrollez » sur Internet depuis une heure alors que vous avez du boulot ? La faute aux « pirates de l’attention », dont la mission diabolique est de capter votre temps de cerveau disponible. Cet article a été très compliqué à écrire. Pas seulement à cause des révélations...


11 September 2017

Sur son lit de mort, personne ne se dit : "J’aurais aimé passer plus de temps sur Facebook"

Ex-employé de chez Google, où il a travaillé pendant dix ans sur la définition de la stratégie publicitaire de l'entreprise, James Williams est devenu aujourd'hui le chantre de l'« ethics by design ». D'après lui, l'ensemble des devices et des plateformes technologiques que no...


29 August 2017

Les données des élèves français entre les mains des géants du Web

L’école s’ouvre aux outils numériques proposés par Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon ou Microsoft (Gafam), malgré des risques quant à l’utilisation des données scolaires des élèves. « Imaginez que vous passiez un entretien d’embauche, et que l’on vous dise : “on sait que vous ét...


29 August 2017

About negative feelings...

About negative feelings...

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08 August 2017

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31 July 2017

This Is How Your Fear and Outrage Are Being Sold for Profit

This Is How Your Fear and Outrage Are Being Sold for Profit

Hyperbolic model news Every time you open your phone or your computer, your brain is walking onto a battleground. The aggressors are the architects of your digital world, and their weapons are the apps, news feeds, and notifications in your field of view every time you look at...


03 July 2017

Patagonia veut rendre le capitalisme « responsable »

Aux États-Unis apparaissent de nouveaux statuts d’entreprises, associant lucrativité et intérêt général. Patagonia, société californienne spécialisée dans les sports de montagne, a été l’une des premières à adopter le statut de benefit corporation. http://www.la-croix.com/Econ...


20 June 2017

Light-based neural network does simple speech recognition

While there are lots of things that artificial intelligence can't do yet—science being one of them—neural networks are proving themselves increasingly adept at a huge variety of pattern recognition tasks. These tasks can range anywhere from recognizing specific faces in photos...


16 June 2017

The Library of Utility (2011)

I imagine a library atop a remote mountain that collects the essential information needed to re-learn practical knowledge essential to civilization. This depot, open to anyone who journeys there, is the cultural equivalent of the Svalbard seed bank, a vault on the Arctic Circl...


09 June 2017

Be Careful Celebrating Google’s New Ad Blocker. Here’s What’s Really Going On.

Google, a data mining and extraction company that sells personal information to advertisers, has hit upon a neat idea to consolidate its already-dominant business: block competitors from appearing on its platforms. The company announced that it would establish an ad blocker fo...


08 June 2017

Will Quantum Mechanics Swallow Relativity?

The contest between gravity and quantum physics takes a new turn. It is the biggest of problems, it is the smallest of problems. At present physicists have two separate rulebooks explaining how nature works. There is general relativity, which beautifully accounts for gravity a...


06 June 2017

Most new printers print nearly invisible yellow dots for offline tracking

[Yesterday], The Intercept released documents on election tampering from an NSA leaker. Later, the arrest warrant request for an NSA contractor named "Reality Winner" was published, showing how they tracked her down because she had printed out the documents and sent them to Th...


02 June 2017

A laptop ban would be a disruptive privacy risk

Computing on the road may be about to get more complicated, expensive, and risky. For this you can thank people who want to blow airplanes out of the sky — and US officials who see genuine danger and/or an opportunity to engage in “just shut up and do as you’re told” security ...


31 May 2017

Why don't more open-source projects monetize? [Ask HN]

Because monetizing your open-source project means you take on a second job. Here are your choices: Turn your OSS project into a company (Docker). The pro is that you can capture a lot of the value, the con is that you're splitting your project into CE/EE and also now you're a...


02 May 2017

Transhumanisme, notre liberté menacée ?

Le transhumanisme s’installe dans le débat, il est vrai encore limité à une élite intellectuelle et à des médias spécialisés. Parmi ses objectifs, il a celui d’améliorer l’homme, voire de préparer sa transformation grâce aux nouvelles technologies dites convergentes (nanotechn...


05 April 2017

Eyeo and Flattr become one

Today is a very happy day for us and we want to share great news with you: Two of the most out-of-the-box thinking organisations on the web join forces in order to build a sustainable Internet! The new Flattr extension will allow users to directly and sustainably fund content ...


19 March 2017

How technology can hijack people’s minds

I’m an expert on how technology hijacks our psychological vulnerabilities. That’s why I spent the last three years as a Design Ethicist at Google caring about how to design things in a way that defends a billion people’s minds from getting hijacked. When using technology, we o...


14 March 2017

Is Facebook A Structural Threat To Free Society?

"(...) Facebook is the biggest personal data collector in history. It is openly working on simulating human beings for research. It has all the tools needed to manipulate people’s realities, emotions, thoughts, and political preferences. And it continues to build these capabil...


03 February 2017

Les bienfaits de l'ennui

L’ennui accroît la créativité, nous informe Clive Thompson dans Wired, qui cite deux études « récentes » (sans donner de liens) qui confirment l’intérêt de cet état mental mal aimé. La première étude (menée par Sandi Mann, également auteure du livre La science de l’ennui ) a c...


08 January 2017

Million Dollar Dissidents and the Rest of Us (33c3)

Uncovering Nation-State Mobile Espionage in the Wild In August 2016, Apple issued updates to iOS and macOS that patched three zero-day vulnerabilities that were being exploited in the wild to remotely install persistent malcode on a target’s device if they tapped on a speciall...


04 January 2017

2017 doit être l’année de l’humanisme numérique

(...) Le web nous oriente vers le terrain politique, celui des choix de société, des voix citoyennes. En 2017, plus que jamais, nous devrons être acteurs de notre futur, ce qui commence probablement par opérer en conscience des choix technologiques réfléchis, ce qui peut impli...


22 December 2016

Messaging app Signal circumvents current ban in Egypt with the "domain fronting" technique

If I understood correctly, the privacy messaging app Signal configured itself to be reached after a HTTP redirection from Google servers, encapsulated in HTTPS traffic. This is a nice workaround. So Egypt, to enforce the ban of Signal, should now either ban Google or Man-In-Th...



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